Contrary to a lot of what we write about our little county, there are times when people in OC are actually funny on purpose. Not typically thought of as a stronghold for stand-up comedy, you'd be surprised at the gloriously irreverent, local and nationally touring comedians that line up to have thei ... More >>
Over the objections of prosecutors, Huntington Beach husband and wife teachers Daniel Alma Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard are expected to receive no prison time for their unlawful sex together and alone with a 17-year-old male student.The Shepards, who are both in their 60s, copped to felonies to ... More >>
Boeing Huntington Beach and Johns Hopkins University are hailing technology they have developed that will allow operators with very little training to sic swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones, as they are more commonly called) on the unsuspecting.With a laptop and a military radio, the ... More >>
Following a day of training, SWAT team officers were cleaning their weapons at the Huntington Beach police station around 10 p.m. Wednesday when an officer's revolver fired.The round struck the floor and ricocheted, striking the leg of a colleague, according to police spokesmen. The unidentified sho ... More >>
Downtown Huntington Beach
Yep, they're still pretty fly for a bunch of aging white guys. To celebrate the release of their new album, Days Go By, The Offspring is partying it up with fans tonight at Chronic Tacos in Huntington Beach, the city where it all began.
As I hinted back in April, a new beer pub called TapShack (a sister of a bigger restaurant called TapHouse planned for Huntington Beach) has now opened in the space left behind by The Arches in Newport Beach.
Calling all Star Wars fans in Huntington Beach. Have you ever wanted to set sail on Jabba The Hutt's barge, you know, the one featured in Return of the Jedi? Well, a replica version of it will be docking in Huntington Beach on July 8 as part of the Course of the Force lightsaber relay that begins th ... More >>
Founder Jordan Cooper reflects on the Huntington Beach hardcore label's legacy
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) president at Sun View Elementary School in Huntington Beach is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges of embezzling more than $22,000 from school fundraisers. Gail Diane Panella-Monestere, 52, of Huntington Beach, faces one felony count of grand theft b ... More >>
"Citizen complaints" about an increase in Surf City massage parlors led the fire, police and code enforcement departments to inspect 20 establishments and issue more than 70 violation notices that could shut down up to three suspected rub 'n' tug joints, according to the Huntington Beach Police Face ... More >>
After Huntington Beach police gang unit officers made a traffic stop in Westminster that resulted in John Andrew Torres, 26, of Fullerton, and Erick Catalan, 20, of Long Beach, being shot dead Nov. 1, 2011, "official" explanations for the police engagement kept changing.That's the kind of thing that ... More >>
The most anticipated new restaurant this month was Adam Fleischman's ever-growing Umami Burger, which opened its first OC outlet in Costa Mesa this past weekend. But there were other notable debuts in the past 30 days that we featured on our blogs (and a lot more that we didn't, I'm sure). B ... More >>
Huntington Beach Police Department officials must think that city residents are willing to hand them an endless supply of tax dollars even for periodic acts of juvenile bullying.That's right: Surf City residents lost their expensive police helicopter this afternoon because once again the pilots t ... More >>
Yippie! Wasting your valuable taxpayer money but everybody thinks we're actually working!Huntington Beach residents didn't have their police helicopter patrolling the sky over their city late this afternoon because the pilots decided to leave the city and take the expensive bird on a low-flying j ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 18, 3:38 P.M.: Accused mass killer Scott Evans Dekraai pleaded not guilty to eight murder counts at today's arraignment hearing in Santa Ana. If a feeling of deja vu just washed over you, fret not; Dekraai also pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing last year. Today's arraignme ... More >>
UPDATE, JAN. 13, 1:16 P.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office today announced that Oscar Zamora Pinedo faces charges that could have him spending up to six years in state prison for allegedly arranging to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.What the Santa Ana 35-year-old did not know was t ... More >>
Having been referred to as human waste, I can sympathize with the former 44-year-old man from Artesia found in Rainbow Disposal's green waste transfer site in Huntington Beach Tuesday afternoon.How he got there--beyond, hopefully, being first placed in the proper-colored bin dedicated to organic ... More >>
Gay Davidson-Shepard, the retired Huntington Beach teacher and former teacher association president accused of sexually tag-teaming a 17-year-old male student with her retired teacher husband, was arrested today for allegedly contacting the victim.The 59-year-old called and texted the victim, who ... More >>
It's fair to say there are probably quite a few pissed-off potheads in Huntington Beach.Why? Well, because a ton -- 2,600 pounds, to be exact -- of fresh Mexican weed will never make into their pipes.On Nov. 12, law enforcement officials found a boat filled with about $1 million worth of weed alo ... More >>
Joshua PetersUPDATE, Nov. 18, 4:21 P.M.: The two meetings about controversial T-Mobile cell-phone towers that took place in Huntington Beach this week--Wednesday's at the city's Central Library, about a tower that was originally supposed to go in Bolsa View Park, and Thursday's at Harbour View El ... More >>
A short documentary about homophobia, bullying and school violence screens tonight in Huntington Beach.Admission is $5 to Teach Your Children Well at 7 p.m. in Huntington Beach Central Library, with proceeds going to the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force.
An English photographer unearths his shots of burning cop cars and surfboards from 1986, then brings them back to SoCal
A 41-year-old Garden Grove man who was arrested after a handgun recovered during an investigation of white supremacist gangs matched the weapon used in a violent attempted robbery in Huntington Beach, was found guilty by a jury this week of attempted murder, attempted robbery, assault with a fir ... More >>
A new film opening in Huntington Beach tonight has prompted outraged viewers to demand tougher penalties for sex crimes and stronger laws to protect children and the disabled from sexual abuse.No, it's not Puss in Boots.It's Silenced or Dogani (The Crucible), and perhaps the title confusion wil ... More >>
John Andrew TorresUPDATE, NOV. 3, 11:13 A.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) has identified the men killed by Huntington Beach police gang unit officers after a traffic stop in Westminster Tuesday afternoon as John Andrew Torres, 26, of Fullerton, and Erick Catalan, 20, of Long Bea ... More >>
UPDATE, OCT. 11, 12:32 P.M.: Someone leaving a comment on the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) Facebook page, which broke the news about three elderly folks being rushed to the emergency room after unknowingly eating brownies laced with marijuana at a funeral, claims a woman was arrested ... More >>
A Calvary Chapel church pastor and youth soccer coach has been arrested for allegedly picking up an 8-year-old girl for a play date with one of his five daughters but instead driving her to a Huntington Beach park, molesting her and giving her $40 not to say anything.She did.Christopher Raymond O ... More >>
Last October, amid much glitz, glamour but light attendance, the first ever Anaheim International Film Festival premiered, and while it's not quite one-and-done, organizers plan this year to sprinkle festival screenings in with regular UltraLuxe of GardeWalk programming throughout the fall. Meanw ... More >>
When it comes to popular culture, Huntington Beach is most known for its contributions to music (from surf to hardcore punk), reality television (2008's Ocean Force: Huntington Beach, O.C.) and power couples (MMA "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz and retired porn star Jenna Jameson). Un-retir ... More >>
Go to this downtown Huntington Beach hangout for its booze and kooky art, not so much the food
UPDATE, SEPT. 6, 2:59 P.M.: Long Beach Fire Department Capt. John Hines pleaded guilty today to severely injuring a cyclist in a mid-day hit-and-run crash while driving with a blood alcohol level of .24 percent, three times the legal limit. The 38-year-old Huntington Beach resident accepted a co ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] Strips and cheese? Blecch. Why does Huntington Beach love them?
In some Irish (or Irish-themed) pubs, it's news when at least one patron doesn't leave with a cut-up face before closing time. That's what happened to an unidentified man of undisclosed age early Monday at Killarney's Pub on Main Street in Huntington Beach: a patron smashed a drinking glass into ... More >>
Gay Davidson-ShepardUPDATE, JULY 26, 1:15 P.M.: Remember that creepy . . . excuse me, allegedly creepy . . . Huntington Beach teaching couple accused of sexually tag-teaming a 17-year-old student?Well, Gay Davidson-Shepard, 59, joined her 62-year-old husband Daniel Alma Shepard in retirement, acc ... More >>
Don the Beachcomber
Last year the buzz about the Golden Bear Club--a music venue demolished in 1986 that hosted Bob Dylan, the Doors and more--was that its latest incarnation would open in Huntington Beach early 2011. Well, half the year is done, and while its Facebook page showed images of construction (the i ... More >>
[Hey, You!] Is littering a way of life for some people?
UPDATE, MAY 17, 3:49 A.M.: Autopsy and toxicological reports reveal that the two teens found dead in a Huntington Beach apartment in January overdosed on prescription drugs, with alcohol contributing to one of the deaths, The Orange County Register reports. Aaron Saenz, 15, died from t ... More >>
House of Blues
John GilhooleyIf you've ever wondered what the story was behind places like Don The Beachcomber and Trader Vic's, the LA Times published a good but short article on Donn Beach, father of the Polynesian-themed restaurant and a subculture of people called tiki-philes.
UPDATE, APRIL 25, 4:47 P.M.: Quoting an unnamed "spokesman for prosecutors," a Los Angeles-based television station reports today that more possible victims of Daniel Alma Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard have come forward.Click here for the KABC/Channel 7 Eyewitness News report.
To be honest, we had about five other police mugshots we were hemming and hawing over this week, unsure which one to deem this week's ugliest.Then we went to the Huntington Beach Police Department Facebook page to look up some details about one of the criminals and feasted our stink eyes on Rich ... More >>
Courtesy Barbarasellsthebeach.comWhen they don't involve elected officials going apeshit at local gadflies, news headlines coming out of Huntington Beach's City Hall usually involve corruption. It's just something in the air, or maybe the water they drink over there. The trend first asserted itse ... More >>
Last Wednesday's edition of The Orange County Interwebs Horror Show included an item on an online plea to find the driver of a car that hit a motorcyclist in Huntington Beach, and then fled the scene.On Monday, an arrest in the case was announced on the Huntington Beach Police Department Facebook ... More >>
Sunset Beach remains Sunset Beach--at least a little while longer, as more legal wrangling has stalled the annexation decision once again. The eclectic, 85-acre coastal community of about 1,300 was to be swallowed by Huntington Beach, as approved by the Orange County Local Agency Formation Commis ... More >>
Because a whopping 72 of its patrons were arrested for drunk-driving in a 22-month period, Baja Sharkeez in Huntington Beach will soon have to stop its entertainment at 11 p.m. nightly.Meaning no deejay-ing or live performances after that. Though alcohol can still be served until 1:30 a.m., when ... More >>
Brekkie is my favorite meal of the day. Pork products, eggs and potatoes are the best reasons to get up in the morning. Fish? Sure! I drove up PCH in Huntington Beach last week for a low-key seafood meal. We dined at Fish Camp, which has a chill, fast-casual concept seen at places such as Pei ... More >>